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Okay, see. Talismans aren’t the easiest things in the world to create. Traditionally they’re a piece of metal or stone shaped as or inscribed with a symbol (like a seal) that confers a benefit to the person who wears or carries it. I dunno about you, but my apartment has a relative lack of stone-etching tools and rocks I could practice on so my prosperity sigil doesn’t accidentally become an “I am irresistibly delicious to wasps” glyph.
So we’re going to do this the Pinterest way, with this salt dough recipe.
It’s pretty easy– combine ingredients, knead them together, roll the dough out, cut it in the desired shapes, et voilà. Of course, since this is for a talisman rather than a cut-out of a tiny reindeer, I’m going to do a couple of things differently. First, I’m adding herbs to the dough. After it’s cut out, I’m inscribing it. After it’s baked, I’m anointing it. Since I’ve worked on home protection already, today I’ll work on healing.
So, to the salt dough recipe, I’m adding:
- A half tsp. or so of dried lemon zest.
- A half tsp. of rosemary.
- A half tsp. of lemon balm.
- A half tsp. of sage.
If you want to try this, there are a number of herb combinations you can use. For example:
- Prosperity: Cinquefoil, patchouli, cinnamon.
- Love: Jasmine, rose petals, hibiscus.
- Intuition: Yarrow, mugwort, sage.
- Protection: Black salt, rue, sulfur powder. (Don’t bake this one.)
As far as sigils go, I’ve already written a little bit about the flexibility of sigil-crafting. You can use the planetary square method, the letter method, or use whatever symbol represents your intent. I’ve chosen the rod of Aesclepius. It somewhat resembles the caduceus commonly associated with medical things, but this is actually a bit of false attribution– the caduceus is a symbol of Hermes, while the rod of Aesculepius is a symbol of… well, Aesclepius.
Inscribing is pretty easy. Just draw your chosen sigil/symbol onto the talisman with the tip of a wand, knife, crystal, pin, or whatever tool you have that’s sharp enough to do the job. Baking may distort the image a little, but it’s alright.
After baking and cooling, they’re ready to be anointed. Use a specially-formulated magickal oil for this, a few drops of essential oil, or plain olive oil that’s been appropriately consecrated. If you’d like to use an oil specific to your purpose, now’s a good time to either formulate an oil of your own, or see if you can find one that’s to your liking. A number of Etsy sellers have pretty good products for this– check out Moon Goddess Magick, Beaux Magique, or Honey Vine Magickals for supplies.
At this point, it’s pretty much done. All that remains is charging them, then using them how you will.